Tell Us: What’s Today’s Caregiving Stress (Day 1)?

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Tell Us: What’s Today’s Caregiving Stress (Day 1)?

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As you may know, I’ve been collecting data about your caregiving stress, the overlooked epidemic in our communities. During a recent webinar, The Family Caregiver’s Stress, I shared the current results of our ongoing survey and share thoughts about what’s needed to minimize the stress.

We know that caregiving stress can be ongoing. I also believe that caregiver stress is constantly changing, that what stresses you on Monday is replaced by a different stressful situation on Tuesday. To show the constant and changing face of caregiving stress, I’d love for you to tell us about each day’s caregiving stress over a period of five days. Your stories about your day’s caregiving stress will make our data about your caregiving stress that much more compelling.

In our comments section, below, tell us about the stress you’re feeling today.

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Lark

I am 65 years old. Not Pregnant. LOL I found those strawberries under one of the blankets on the couch. I know. You don't have to say it. Today I have spent a great deal of time getting our ROKU to work for my husband. I finally pulled out the t.v. I bought recently that has hdmi, hooked it up and voila! Then I turned to use the remote for that t.v. and it has vanished. All day that remote has been jumping into my hands rather than the one I needed. Now I can use it and it has flown the coop. Never a dull moment in our home! I must admit that today I did feel as if I were taking care of a child. My husband became obsessed with ROKU working and just about drove me crazy. When he gets a thought or a question on his mind it is almost impossible to do anything else until he is satisfied. He said I was grouchy! ARGH_H_H_H!

Lillie Fuller

I dealt with the stress caused by a snotty 13 year old who was tired and cranky, a 27 year old who had a root canal first thing in the morning and a 90 year old with a sore on her bottom. I just wanted to rest yesterday, not deal with attitude! I was tired and cranky from over doing it the day before trying to prepare a nice meal and present a clean house for Easter.

Lark

Whew! Great day for beginning the caregiving stress day! I think I have maxed out my own ability to endure. Today was filled with evidence of my having reached a limit. It was also full of good things. It was also marked by lost things. And strange things. My poor husband has lost the ROKU and television remotes. He wants to watch ROKU and my ipad has an app for it but he cannot understand how to use it and he wants minutes on his phone right this very minute and I backed into a car that backed into me at the same time and I lost, somewhere in my house, two containers of strawberries and my other laptop kept going in and out and I need to tell my husband he has to go into a facility for at least 5 weeks while I have a total knee replacement and he is going to freak. And he will not acknowledge that he breaks thru his depends and his shorts get damp with urine and dry on him and stink. He thinks I am making a big deal out of nothing. Did I mention that I feel stressed? I swear, today I could not find my backside with both my hands and that is saying something given the territory. Our home social worker wants me to find someone to come in for 4 hours one day every two weeks and just go take some time for myself and I am going to do it. Maybe this should have gone under vent...but I doubt I could have found it. LOL

Suz

April 17,2017\r\nDay One:\r\nOccupational Therapy and the Home Health Aide will be here today. Today is a good day, it's the day after Larry has had his steroids. He always feels stronger on this day. However, at times this day creates a hot flash storm because of the chemo with the dexamethasone (steroids). Usually he's pretty wired on this day but the therapy and the bath he gets today kind of mellow him out. It's a real balancing act to watch. I'm very tired today. I'm in need of a good respite care. I'll have to get on that.